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Sun 15 Oct 2017, 12:15pm–2:15pm

Where: Wellington Railway Station, Bunny St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Concession (Student ID, Gold Card Holders): $35.00
  • Child (16 and under): $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Climb aboard a steam train, and join characters from the New Zealand military on their journey to and from World War I’s devastating Battle of Passchendaele.

Te Papa presents two weekend performances of this specially commissioned play to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. A vintage steam train, Ab608 Passchendaele, leaves Wellington Railway Station for a 40-minute journey to Trentham, then returns after a short break.

On board are four First World War characters: three soldiers and a nurse, all in uniform. The journey out is full of fun and hope, capturing the optimism that accompanied the early part of the war. The return journey is more poignant, as the once-hopeful characters reflect on New Zealand’s biggest military disaster.

Created by Wellington playwright and Dominion Post columnist Dave Armstrong, Passchendaele Journey includes music, letters, and diary excerpts from the time.

The Battle of Passchendaele:
For the first time in our brief history as an army the New Zealanders failed in their objective with the most appalling slaughter I have ever seen. - Private Leonard Hart

This October, New Zealand commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, New Zealand’s bloodiest battle. In one morning, over 600 New Zealanders lost their lives on Belgian soil. Over the period of the battle, it is estimated over 2000 New Zealanders were killed.

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